Technology transfer

In line with the National Research Programme (PNR) and the directives adopted by the Minister, ISAC promotes the enhancement and use of research results through collaborative activities between institutions and companies.

Planetary Atmospheres

One of the unanswered scientific questions is how the Earth, and more generally the solar system, has formed. To answer this question, we need to understand and study the Earth but also the other planets of the solar system. Recently ISAC, thanks to its competences in the study of the Earth’s atmosphere, has been involved in the study of Titan and Jupiter atmospheres. Titan is one of the moons of Saturn and its study is important because it has an atmosphere very similar to what it is thought the primordial Earth atmosphere looked like.

Satellite Observations

In the last 30 years a large number of satellites, devoted to the observation and monitoring of the Earth atmosphere composition, have been developed. Satellite instruments enable the measurements of atmospheric composition over the whole globe and altitudes, from the boundary layer to the stratosphere.

Composition Modeling

The expertise in atmospheric numerical modelling acquired by ISAC covers different applications and research fields such as air quality analysis and forecast, diagnostic investigations of the major processes involved in atmospheric transport phenomena, and transformation of pollutants in both the gas and particulate phase. Several models are applied and developed at ISAC, encompassing eulerian and lagrangian approaches, from local to global scales. The consolidated meteorological modelling chain (i.e.

​ Ground Observations

Continuous monitoring of key atmospheric constituents, complemented by intensive observation periods addressing specific knowledge gaps, are necessary to understand how atmospheric composition has changed and is changing in time and space; what are the main sources and processes that are driving these changes, either induced by human activities or linked to natural phenomena, either cause or consequence of climate change.